Wine Cellar Conditioning Systems

The vast majority of wine cellars need to be actively conditioned. This means the wine storage environment needs to be properly constructed, highly insulated and actively cooled with special mechanical wine cooling system to maintain the proper long term wine storage environment of 55° F and 60-65% relative humidity.

If you are lucky enough to have the existing conditions for a passively-conditioned wine room, which relies on natural cooling and moisture, then you can avoid the cost and effort of installing a wine cooling system by simply following the build out information provided. Unfortunately, the majority of us need to create an actively conditioned environment.

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Wine Cellar Cooling

Wine cellar cooling systems differ from room air conditioners in several ways. They are required to cool to temperatures as low as 50° Fahrenheit and they do not significantly dehumidify the air in the room (the main goal of a room air conditioner). The wine cellar cooling unit you choose will depend on your performance standards, budget, the location of your cellar and your aesthetic requirements.

There are a few distinct types of systems available for wine cellar conditioning:

  • Through Wall Units - self-contained, cooling systems that are the easiest and most economical to install. They can mount between the studs of an existing wall and exhausts the heat into an area adjacent to the cellar.
  • Ducted Systems - wine cellar cooling units that are installed in a remote location, and connected to the wine cellar through ductwork.
  • Ducted Split Systems - similar to a ducted wine cellar cooling unit with the indoor fan and coil being mounted on an adjacent wall, with the compressor and outdoor condensing coil mounted in a remote location away from the indoor coil and re-connected to the wine cellar through ductwork.
  • Ductless Split Systems - wine cooling systems comprised of an air handler, which is mounted on the wall in the wine room, and a remote condenser, that can be placed up to 100' and connected by wires and piping.
Wine cellar cooling units

We have a large variety of wine cellar cooling units to choose from.

Wine Cellar Humidification

Often ignored, wine cellar humidification control is a very important factor in the proper conditioning of a home wine cellar. Most geographic areas do not have the ambient humidity levels in the air on a year-round basis to maintain the 60-65% humidity levels needed inside your wine room. Dry conditions in your cellar can dry out corks and steal your wine right from the bottle. We recommend the Wine Guardian fully ducted wine cooling system with integrated humidification control to best cool and condition your wine cellar and protect your fine wine. However, you can install a separate humidifcation system to properly add and maintain the correct relative humidity level in your wine cellar.

We have worked with all sizes of wine cellars, both large and small. Whether your interest is in a small wine closet or cabinet, under the stairs wine storage, or a grand showcase of wine for entertaining or expanding your collection, trust our team of experts to design and build you the perfect wine cellar.

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Proper wine cellar temperature and humidity levels

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